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March 14th, 2011
11:59 PM ET
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09:51 PM ET

New Nuclear Emergency in Japan: Join the Live Chat

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Filed under: Live Blog
March 14th, 2011
09:00 PM ET

Evening Buzz: New Nuclear Reactor Blast in Japan

Rescue teams work urgently in Japan.

Rescue teams work urgently in Japan.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Anderson will report live from Japan tonight with the latest developments on the earthquake and tsunami damage.

One of the biggest concerns tonight is the fear of radiation exposure with new trouble at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The owner of the plant says there was an "explosive impact" at the No. 2 reactor in just the last few hours, and pressure readings indicate some damage to the containment structure.

Japan's chief Cabinet secretary says he can't rule out the possibility of a meltdown at all three of the plant's troubled reactors.

On Saturday, an explosion blew away the roof and walls of the building housing reactor No. 1, though the blast did not damage the reactor itself, officials said.

But then the cooling system for the No. 3 reactor malfunctioned, prompting workers to start pumping a mix of seawater and boron into the reactor in a last-ditch effort to cool down fuel rods. However, the No. 3 reactor was also rocked by an explosion, which injured 11 people, and damaged the cooling system at the No. 2 reactor.

Meanwhile, the confirmed death toll in Japan has topped 2,000, at least 3,000 others are missing, tthe National Police Agency said.

Anderson traveled to Shichigahama, about 12 miles northeast of Sendai, where the farmland is now soaked with sea water and debris.

The tsunami's wall of water washed away homes and cars. In the wreckage, Anderson found children's dolls, shoes and wedding photos covered in mud. Japanese soldiers began to search for bodies, going by the smell, with so much ground to cover.

Farther north, in the town Ishinomaki, stranded residents are being rescued by boat. That's where 360's Gary Tuchman went out with members of Japan's army. They came across a woman waving from her apartment, desperate for water. Surprisingly, she didn't want to evacuate her home. Others in the town were grateful to escape. We'll take you inside the rescue effort tonight on AC360. All along the coast of northeast Japan, at least 15,000 people have been rescued.

We'll also check with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who's at a hospital in Shiogama City, outside Sendai. He talked with a patient who is lucky to be alive after his car was tossed around when it was hit by the tsunami.

"Over and over I was hit," he told Dr. Gupta and then his car flooded. He was slowly drowning. Tonight hear how he escaped with his life.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
March 14th, 2011
08:15 PM ET

New blast causes fresh trouble at Japanese nuclear plant

CNN Wire Staff

Tokyo (CNN) - A new explosion rocked the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan early Tuesday from a reactor that workers had struggled to keep under control since a blast at a neighboring unit, the plant's owner announced.

The "explosive impact" took place shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday (5 p.m. Monday ET) inside the housing of the plant's No. 2 reactor, and pressure readings indicated some damage to the reactor's containment structure, officials of the Tokyo Electric Power Company reported at a news conference. No further details were immediately released, but TEPCO said some of its workers were evacuated following the blast due to elevated radiation levels.

Workers have been trying to keep sea water pouring into the No. 2 reactor since Monday, when a hydrogen explosion at reactor No. 3 damaged the cooling system at unit 2 and injured 11 people, Japanese authorities said. A similar hydrogen explosion on Saturday blew the roof off the containment structure around the No. 1 reactor.

Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said Tuesday that up to 2.7 meters (8.8 feet) of the No. 2 reactor's control rods - about half - have been uncovered. And Yukio Edano, Japan's chief Cabinet secretary, said he could not rule out the possibility of a meltdown at all three troubled reactors at the plant.

While sea water was being pumped into the reactors in an effort to prevent further damage, "It cannot necessarily be called a stable situation," Edano said early Tuesday.

Full story


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
March 14th, 2011
08:15 PM ET

Anxiety in Japan grows as rescue workers find more bodies

CNN Wire Staff

Sendai, Japan (CNN) - Rescue workers scoured tangled and displaced piles of debris Tuesday, searching for survivors, as crews struggled to keep control at a damaged nuclear plant on what is now the fifth day of the developing disaster in Japan.

Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the ensuing tsunami killed thousands, based on official and Japanese media reports, but an exact accounting of the disaster remains hidden beneath widespread damage that rescuers are only beginning to unearth.

The confirmed death toll, growing every few hours, reached 1,897 on Monday. But that didn't account for the thousands of bodies Japan's Kyodo News Agency said had been found in the Miyagi Prefecture on Japan's northeast coast. The number of dead is expected to rise as rescuers reach more hard-hit areas.

At least 3,002 people were still missing Monday, the National Police Agency said. Public broadcaster NHK reported that 450,000 people were living in shelters.

At the same time, officials are fighting to contain a nuclear emergency. The earthquake and tsunami led to problems at three of the country's nuclear power plants.

Full story


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
March 14th, 2011
08:04 PM ET

Cooper: Destruction is 'surreal'

Editor's note: Tune in to AC360° Monday night beginning at 10pm ET to get the latest from Anderson Cooper and CNN's team of correspondents and producers on the ground in Japan.


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Anderson Cooper • John King
March 14th, 2011
07:42 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/14/11

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, speaks at a New Hampshire GOP fundraiser at the Courtyard Marriot March 12, 2011 in Nashua, New Hampshire. (Photo credit: Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Update: Beat 360° Winners:

Staff
Elise Miller
"I still refuse to look directly into the camera. I prefer looking off to my right."


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Londa, New York,
"Together we can make a better nation. A nation where women politicitians will not be judged by the style of their hair."

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
March 14th, 2011
07:40 PM ET
March 14th, 2011
06:45 PM ET

Rebels appear to slow government forces' advance in Libya

CNN Wire Staff

Benghazi, Libya (CNN) - Rebels appeared Monday to have slowed the eastward advance of Libyan government forces toward Benghazi at the town of al-Brega.

But it was not clear late in the day who controlled al-Brega, which contains a large oil refinery and natural gas plant, said CNN's Ben Wedeman, reporting from Benghazi, which is about two hours away. Meanwhile, government planes carried out air raids 40 minutes from al-Brega, in the town of Ajdabiya.

CNN was not able to reach the front lines Monday.

For the first time since violence erupted last month, forces opposed to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi did not allow members of the news media to go forward. They expressed concern that coverage from the rebel side of the lines could provide intelligence to government forces about the ragtag rebel forces' tactics, or lack thereof.

Full story


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
March 14th, 2011
06:40 PM ET

Rescuers hurry to find Japan survivors as forecast worsens

Cameron Tankersley
CNN

(CNN) - Rescuers fanned out across northern Japan on Monday, in efforts coordinated and improvised, attempting to reach untold numbers of people still stranded after a massive earthquake and tsunami shattered the region.

A sense of urgency prevailed among responders as a third frigid night fell upon the survivors of Saturday's 8.9-magnitude quake, the most powerful measured seismic event in Japan's history.

Weather forecasts called for continued temperatures barely above freezing, as well as rain and freezing precipitation that could trigger mudslides. Continued subnormal cold also will probably strain power generation in a country already employing rolling blackouts as a conservation measure.

In areas cut off from the outside world by the disaster, more than 450,000 people whose homes are lost or inaccessible were staying in shelters, according to NHK, Japan's national broadcasting company.

Many survivors set out on their own in search of friends and loved ones.

Full story


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Gary Tuchman
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